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<p>Graves interweave within the constraining walls of Marrakech's Miaara, a Jewish cemetery in the Mellah district (once the Jewish quarter, when the local population was larger).</p>
Miaara wall

Graves interweave within the constraining walls of Marrakech's Miaara, a Jewish cemetery in the Mellah district (once the Jewish quarter, when the local population was larger).

Marrakech, Morocco
December 2010   ▪   Pentax K10D

<p>A cemetery in the mountains in Timor-Leste's west. The country's Roman Catholicism is a legacy of centuries of Portuguese colonial rule. </p>
Mountain cemetery

A cemetery in the mountains in Timor-Leste's west. The country's Roman Catholicism is a legacy of centuries of Portuguese colonial rule.

Hato-Builico, Timor-Leste
December 2013   ▪   Pentax K10D

<p>Neglect takes its toll on a mausoleum in the Recoleta Cemetery. <br /></p>
Dust to dust

Neglect takes its toll on a mausoleum in the Recoleta Cemetery.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 1999   ▪   Pentax ZX-M

<p>In Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery, a large cross commemorates the victims of the 1991 massacre by Indonesian security forces. On 12 November, a large crowd including many high school students marched to the cemetery in a funeral procession for a young activist killed by Indonesian forces two weeks earlier. Soldiers opened fire on the crowds, killing over 200 people at the cemetery and in the streets and hospitals after the march.</p>
<p>The Santa Cruz massacre was a turning point, ramping up Timorese resistance to Indonesia's annexation of the former Portuguese colony. Smuggled footage of the massacre increased pressure on Jakarta from the international community, but brutal years still laid ahead. A long and ugly guerrilla war eventually led to Indonesia's withdrawal in 1999, a UN-administered transitional period, and Timor-Leste's independence in 2002. </p>
<p>Studies suggest more than 200,000 Timorese were killed during the 24 years of Indonesia's occupation – a staggering figure made all the more disturbing when one considers that Timor-Leste's total population in 1975 was only 630,000 people.</p>
Santa Cruz cross

In Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery, a large cross commemorates the victims of the 1991 massacre by Indonesian security forces. On 12 November, a large crowd including many high school students marched to the cemetery in a funeral procession for a young activist killed by Indonesian forces two weeks earlier. Soldiers opened fire on the crowds, killing over 200 people at the cemetery and in the streets and hospitals after the march.

The Santa Cruz massacre was a turning point, ramping up Timorese resistance to Indonesia's annexation of the former Portuguese colony. Smuggled footage of the massacre increased pressure on Jakarta from the international community, but brutal years still laid ahead. A long and ugly guerrilla war eventually led to Indonesia's withdrawal in 1999, a UN-administered transitional period, and Timor-Leste's independence in 2002.

Studies suggest more than 200,000 Timorese were killed during the 24 years of Indonesia's occupation – a staggering figure made all the more disturbing when one considers that Timor-Leste's total population in 1975 was only 630,000 people.

Dili, Timor-Leste
December 2013   ▪   Olympus TG2

<p>Simple graves sealed with concrete in one section of Marrakech's Jewish cemetery. This large cemetery speaks to the considerable size of the Jewish community in Marrakech at one point.</p>
Miaara graves

Simple graves sealed with concrete in one section of Marrakech's Jewish cemetery. This large cemetery speaks to the considerable size of the Jewish community in Marrakech at one point.

Marrakech, Morocco
December 2010   ▪   Pentax K10D

<p>It's a Jewish custom to leave a stone on a tomb as a symbol of mourning and memory. Here, a solitary stone was left on the grave of someone who died too young.<br /></p>
Mourning stone

It's a Jewish custom to leave a stone on a tomb as a symbol of mourning and memory. Here, a solitary stone was left on the grave of someone who died too young.

Marrakech, Morocco
December 2010   ▪   Pentax K10D

<p>A weather-worn wooden cross in the British Cemetery on Corfu. </p>
Fading cross

A weather-worn wooden cross in the British Cemetery on Corfu.

Corfu, Greece
September 2011   ▪   Panasonic DMC-TZ10

<p>The terraced Chinese Permanent Cemetery hugs the hillsides behind the high-rise towers of Aberdeen, almost forming an ampitheatre where the ancestors can watch over their descendants. </p>
Terraces and towers

The terraced Chinese Permanent Cemetery hugs the hillsides behind the high-rise towers of Aberdeen, almost forming an ampitheatre where the ancestors can watch over their descendants.

Aberdeen, Hong Kong
May 2012   ▪   Pentax K10D

<p>Low-hanging branches and leaves form a quiet chamber in the St.-Elisabeth-Kirchhof, a cemetery in Berlin. </p>
Quiet chamber

Low-hanging branches and leaves form a quiet chamber in the St.-Elisabeth-Kirchhof, a cemetery in Berlin.

Berlin, Germany
May 2020   ▪   Ricoh GRIII

<p>A group of admirers at the tomb of Carlos Gardel, the great tango singer who died in a plane crash in 1935. The men gathered regularly at the grave in Chacarita Cemetery, trading stories, lyrics, and photos. They all shared the view that with each passing year, Gardel sings better.</p>
Cada año canta mejor

A group of admirers at the tomb of Carlos Gardel, the great tango singer who died in a plane crash in 1935. The men gathered regularly at the grave in Chacarita Cemetery, trading stories, lyrics, and photos. They all shared the view that with each passing year, Gardel sings better.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 1998   ▪   Pentax IQ Zoom 120